Security personnel on alert over shows of support for Yingluck

Security personnel on alert over shows of support for Yingluck
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There have not been any specific instructions given on how to deal with people who want to display their support for ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra today, National Council for Peace and Order spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari said yesterday.

He said security officials were on alert to keep peace and order in light of threats to stage a rally in support of Yingluck over the government's move to make her pay civil liabilities incurred from the rice-pledging scheme.

He said it was likely that fans of Yingluck would stage other symbolic gestures in support of her that did not require them wearing red.

Security officials would exercise their judgement when determining whether an action by a Yingluck supporter was illegal. "They have to take into account the time and place and impact in terms of public sentiment from their expression,'' he said.

Meanwhile, leaders and members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship have marked the eighth anniversary of the death of taxi driver Nuamthong Praiwal, who hanged himself in protest against the 2006 coup, with an event at the spot where he committed suicide.

The spot is under the flyover in front of Thai Rath daily newspaper on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in Bangkok's Chatuchak district.

The event was carried out under heavy surveillance from police and military personnel. The authorities put up signs to prevent people from joining the event. The signs stated the activity was in violation of NCPO order No 12, which bans political rallies of more than five people.

Police, however, allowed people to lay wreaths at the memorial erected in honour of Nuamthong. The event finished without violence.

UDD leaders Thida Thavornseth and Weng Tojirakarn built the memorial in memory of the democracy hero, UDD core leader Jatuporn Prompan said.

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